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Andorra becomes latest country to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions

2013-04-10

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Andorra has become the latest country to join the global ban on cluster munitions, after depositing its instrument of accession on 9 April.  Andorra will become the 81st State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions when its accession enters into force on 1 October 2013 in accord with the waiting period mandated by the Convention.

“As the 112th country to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions, Andorra’s accession strengthens the global stigma against this horrific weapon.” said Cluster Munition Coalition Campaign Manager Amy Little.

The government of Andorra approved accession to the convention on 13 June 2012. On 19 June 2012, Andorra’s Head of Government Antoni Marti Petit submitted an accession proposal to the General Council (legislative body) for consideration and approval, and it was approved by Parliament in December 2012.

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Operations Manager ICBL-CMC

2013-03-28

We are seeking an organized, dynamic and experienced Operations Manager to ensure the overall effective operations and logistics of the organization.

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CHAD RATIFIES CLUSTER BOMB BAN

2013-03-27

 Chad signs the Convention at the CCM signing conference in Oslo

Chad signs the Convention at the CCM signing conference in Oslo, Norway 2008. Photo credit: Gunnar Mjaugedal/catchlight.no

Chad has become the 80th State Party to the Convention on Cluster Munitions, having deposited its instrument of ratification on 26 March. Chad will formally become a State Party on 1 September 2013, after the waiting period mandated by the Convention.

Chad actively engaged in the Oslo Process that created the convention and supported a comprehensive ban on cluster munitions.

Chad attended the Accra Regional Conference on the Universalisation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions in Ghana, 28-30 May 2012, which resulted in 34 African countries adopting an action plan with the ultimate aim of a cluster munition-free Africa.

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Monitor Program Manager

2013-03-20

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We are seeking a new Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor Program Manager to promote and strengthen the work of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the Cluster Munition Coalition and the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor research initiative.

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Devastating scale of Cluster Bomb use in Syria

2013-03-18

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 Remnants of a RBK-250/275 AO-1SCh cluster bomb in Deir Jamal from a strike on February 28, 2013.
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(London, 18 March 2013) The scale of cluster bomb use in Syria has been revealed as widespread and on-going in a new review released by Human Rights Watch (HRW). This information, derived from Human Rights Watch field investigations and from preliminary analysis of over 450 videos posted to the internet by activists, identifies more than 150 cluster bomb attacks in at least 119 locations across Syria in the period from August 2012 through mid-February. New incidents of use of cluster bombs by the Assad regime have also been reported in the last two weeks.

Use of this indiscriminate weapon has led to mounting casualties, including women and children. In addition, there is a growing concern for the potential scale of post-conflict casualties as this notoriously unreliable weapon leaves a trail of unexploded sub-munitions in its wake.

“Syria is expanding its relentless use of cluster munitions, a banned weapon, and civilians are paying the price with their lives and limbs,” said Steve Goose, director of the Arms division at Human Rights Watch. “The initial toll is only the beginning because cluster munitions often leave unexploded bomblets that kill and maim long afterward.”

According to the Associated Press, an anonymous senior Syrian government official has rejected the HRW findings.

To read more on the review, please see Human Rights Watch’s media release.

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